Marie Kondo’s Shop Update Celebrates Japanese Craftsmanship

published Apr 7, 2021
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In 2019, shortly after the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” ignited the popularity resurgence of the KonMari method, Marie Kondo launched her KonMari shop, a marketplace for all joy-sparking things. From design-forward and functional storage boxes from her collaboration with The Container Store to gorgeous home goods — like kimono-inspired rice bowls and pretty soap dishes — the curated store features products that bring joy to Kondo in hopes that they’ll do the same for others.

This week, the shop has added new items, all of which celebrate Japan’s customs and craftsmanship while highlighting Japanese artisans. Each was selected for the Japanese Heritage collection to enhance simple daily rituals, literally transforming everyday tasks into next-level experiences. Here are a few top picks:

This kit by Floral Kobo Katsura will help you construct your own zen garden using the traditional elements — moss, white sand, and rocks — housed in a clean, wooden box that doubles into the garden’s base. All the items are freeze-dried and do not need to be watered.

Sure, you can keep your soy sauce in the bottle you purchased it in, but this elegantly shaped cruet might bring more joy to the table. Made by Tokyo-based fourth-generation glassmaker Hirota Glass, this item is shaped to pour soy sauce without any spillage. You can also use it for vinegar, oil, and other condiments.  

Japanese Picklestone was designed by Tonomori Tanaka to simplify the art of preparing tsukemono, or traditional Japanese pickles. It consists of a glass container, wooden lid, and stone made out of Japanese granite called aji-ishi, which has an attached hinoki wooden press that adds a subtle woody flavor to the pickles. This is a product that gives back, too, as a portion of the proceeds goes toward rebuilding homes and businesses of craftsmen who were devastated by an earthquake in Ishinomaki, Japan in 2011.

Created by one of Japan’s oldest soap companies Tamanohada, this supersized soap on a rope could be the ultimate conversation starter for your powder room. Featuring a traditional Japanese red snapper and pomegranate fragrance, it makes for the perfect “thank you” gift. 

Just in time for spring blooms, this delicate glass vase is hand-blown by skilled Japanese artisans at Sugahara. It’s perfect for that stem or two that you picked outside.

Add a little joy into simple letter writing with this a Japanese brush set crafted by a 300-year-old brush and art supply company Akashiya in Nara, Japan. Each set has 14 vibrantly hued brush pens, a water brush pen, and an extra-fine black brush pen.